The Photobook: A History. Volume I. By Martin Parr and Gerry Badger.
Phaidon, London, 2004. 320 pp. Large quarto. First printing. Signed by both Parr and Badger on title page. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 850 color and black-and-white illustrations.
While the history of photography is a well-established canon, much less critical attention has been directed at the phenomenon of the photobook, which for many photographers is perhaps the most significant vehicle for the display of their work and the communication of their vision to a mass audience. In the first of two volumes, both co-edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History provides a comprehensive overview of the development of the photobook, from its inception at the dawn of photography in the early nineteenth century through to the radical Japanese photobooks of the 1960s and 70s, by way of the modernist and propaganda books of the 1930s and 40s.
Needless to say, for anyone reading this, 'Parr-Badger' almost instantly became an essential publication!!